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Sep 5th, 2011


One Year Ago — September 5, 2010

$1,000 Bounty for Dead Americans


Iran paying Taliban for attacks? (MSNBC, Sept. 5, 2010) — NBC’s Tom Aspell talks with MSNBC’s Alex Witt about a British newspaper report that Iran is financing the Taliban for attacks on U.S. interests in Afghanistan. (02:30)

One year ago today, I reported that Iran allegedly was paying Taliban fighters $1,000 for each U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan, according to a report in the London Sunday Times.


Two Years Ago — September 5, 2009

One Informant, Many Dead

Image: Mass grave in Afghanistan
Afghans bury some of the victims of an airstrike in a mass grave near Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Friday, Sept. 4, 2009. (Photo credit: Reuters)

Two years ago today, on September 5, 2009, I reported that a NATO fact-finding team estimated that about 125 people, many of them civilians, had been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan guided by a lone informant.


Three Years Ago — September 5, 2008

Campaign Against Michele Bachmann: Day 53

Three years ago today, on September 5, 2008 — the 53rd day of my 2008 campaign against incumbent U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District — I reported on my campaign stops the previous day north of the St. Paul metro in the cities of Wyoming and Forest Lake in Washington County on my way to the final night of the Republican National Convention, where I observed the action outside the convention hall.

On the Sidelines of the Republican National Convention

John McCain and George W. Bush impersonators in Rice Park, St. Paul, outside the Xcel Energy Center, venue for the 2008 Republican National Convention, Sept. 4, 2008.

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